Ruta Meilutyte Scratches 200 Breast At Day 6 Prelims In Hangzhou


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

With only two individual events on the schedule, Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte was the lone individual scratch from day 6 prelims at the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, as she opted out of the women’s 200 breaststroke.

The 21-year-old came into the event seeded 14th with a time of 2:22.21, her personal best time that she swam in August of last year on the World Cup circuit.

This caps a relatively disappointing meet for Meilutyte. She did win silver in the women’s 50 breast, but had finished 14th in the 100 breast, 12th in the 100 IM, and 32nd in the 50 free.

Also scratching out of prelims was five different relays. The South African women dropped the 4×50 free, the Brazilian women scratched the 4×100 medley, and the Swedish, Polish and South African men all opted out of the men’s 4×100 medley.

In addition to these events, the men’s 200 back will also be contested during the final preliminary session.

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mike in dallas
1 year ago

1. Ruta really has had a difficult year pretty much — and this meet just underlines the fact that she needs to get her motivation back.
2. Sooooooooo many relay scratches! Not sure that I have ever seen THAT at an international level. . . . Thoughts?
3. Any update on medals table?
4. TEAM USA have had a couple of disappointments, esp. on the men’s side, but all in all, a pretty good meet — and super relays!

SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  mike in dallas
1 year ago

Rute is just 21 yet has pretty much spent the last 8 years out in the world on her own . Luckily she will always have that sprint breastroke but it is ( I suspect) just a backdrop whilst she decides / things fall into place .
Now back to your real concern , the US sent a large team & got some medals . All is well , All is well

mike in dallas
Reply to  SUM Ting Wong
1 year ago

Yes, TEAM USA did send a large team and got “some medals” — ha, ha — more than twice any other team. . . .as of this writing – cf. above link to medals table.
. . .And precisely how many swimmers did China or Russia have?
Tiny teams, I guess.

SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  mike in dallas
1 year ago

I said All is Well . USA have medals .All is Well . Would I lie to you ,
Would I lie to you honey,
Now would I say something that wasn’t true ,
I’m asking you sugar ,
Would I lie to You?

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1 year ago


mike in dallas
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1 year ago


SUM Ting Wong
Reply to  mike in dallas
1 year ago

Annie & Dave are worth a combined $115 million . Next time I’ll do country.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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